Pulp & Paper Technology Division

ABOUT DIVISION
It is one of the foremost research laboratories of the Institute from its inception in 1956. The division has good researchers with sound background knowledge in various disciplines ranging from botanist, processing/chemical engineer, wood scientist, industrial and analytical chemist, environmentalist. Among its various functions are; screening of local wood and non-wood plants for suitable; sources for long fibre pulps; development of process technology and mechanism for pulping of various plant materials; production and characterization of paper samples and packaging materials from various pulps and industrial training programmes to college and university students.

ON-GOING RESEARCH PROJECTS

 1. Production of pulp and paper from agro-wastes and certain annual grass plants using secondary fibre formulation.
2. Biochemical pulping of agro-wastes materials

ACHIEVEMENTS

1. Sourcing of long and medium length fibre pulps from locally available woods and non-wood materials. Amongst the woods and non-woods investigated include; Gmelina arborea, Bambusa strictus, Terminalia ivorensis, Cedrela odorato, Musanga cecropiodes, Oxystigma manni, Dendrocalamus arundinacia, Rhizophora racemosa, Ceiba pentandra, Adansonia digitata, Bombax buonopozense, Sterculia setigra, Polyata longifolia, Kenaf(Hibiscus cannabinus), Cocchorus olitorius, Empty palm fruit bunch, just to mention a few.
2. Utilization of wood wastes for production of various boards and other industrial applications.
3. Use of water Hyacinth(Echhornia crassipes) for pulp, paper and board productions.

AMONG ITS VARIOUS FUNCTIONS

1. Screening of local wood and non-wood plants for suitable sources for long fibre pulps.
2. Development of process technology and mechanism for pulping of various plant materials.
3. Production and characterization of paper samples and packaging materials from various pulps.
4. Industrial training programmes to college and university students.